Tysons, VA

Autonomous vehicles connecting the Mosaic District to the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro may arrive as soon as next spring.

Earlier this year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to start a pilot program for self-driving vehicles as a shuttle service. Dominion Energy and the county decided to partner up on the program.

Deputy County Executive Rachel Flynn said at a Bisnow event today (Thursday) that the autonomous vehicles are expected to arrive in the spring or summer.

The vehicles will come from EasyMile, which is based in France, she said.

Flynn also said that the county has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, but did not disclose the amount.

Photo via Facebook/EasyMile

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New shops and restaurants are planning to open in Mosaic District.

Shoppers at the mixed-use development in Merrifield can expect a Sephora and Drybar to arrive.

As for food, a Connecticut-based eatery called The Granola Bar is the latest of half of a dozen eateries planning to open, including Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella and Urban Hot Pot.

Pick your favorite below and tell us in the comments which other ones you are ready for.

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As businesses and restaurants start moving into an apartment building in the Mosaic District, people might notice that the building is absent from the “map view” on Google Maps.

Across the street from the Avalon Mosaic apartment building, the building at 2980 District Avenue has a sign indicating its apart of the Modera apartment building and is

Switch from bird’s-eye view to street or satellite views and the building does appear.

Typing in an address at the building will result in a pin getting dropped at the appropriate, building-less spot on the map.

While “map view” doesn’t have the building, it does show Penny Lane Park.

The expanding educational center Kumon recently opened in the building earlier this year.

Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella, Korean BBQ chain Gyu Shige and Urban Hot Pot all have signs indicating they will occupy ground-floor space.

The Mosaic District’s website shows the building on its retail and restaurant map.

First and second maps via Google Maps; third map via Mosaic District

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Locals can learn about human trafficking prevention in McLean next week — just days after Fairfax County police busted an alleged sex trafficking ring in the Mosaic District.

Police arrested two Falls Church residents and charged them with felony sex trafficking in connection with a sex trafficking operation run out of the Avalon Mosaic after police raided one of the units, Fox 5 reported yesterday.

“Police did not say whether they identified any sex trafficking victims,” the story said.

Juemin Luo, 35, bonded out of jail, while Feng Ni, 32, is being held without bond, according to Fox 5.

At a meeting next Thursday (Oct. 10), the Citizens Advisory Committee for the McLean Police District Station will focus on ways to identify and prevent human trafficking.

Police told Tysons Reporter that the topics for the regularly scheduled Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are often determined a month in advance.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center (1437 Balls Hill Road) and is open to the public.

Attendees will also be able to learn about resources for people who are victims of human trafficking.

Hat tip to Michael O’Connell

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Shoppers can expect to find Sephora and Drybar in Mosaic District in the near future.

Several newcomers are planning to come to the mostly-empty building that also houses West Elm (2921 District Avenue), according to building permits.

Drybar, a national hair salon chain that specializes in blowouts, has a building permit for suite 110. Next door, a Connecticut-based eatery called The Granola Bar has a permit for suite 120.

Madison Reed, which seels hair color products, has a permit for suite 130. Beauty store Sephora plans to occupy suite 140.

Can’t wait for the stores to come to Merrifield? The nearest locations for Drybar and Sephora are at Tysons Corner Center.

The stores will join several other newcomers to Mosaic District. Here are the other stores and eateries Tysons Reporter previously discovered plan to come to Merrifield:

Tysons Reporter also recently spotted signs for Gyu Shige, a Korean BBQ chain that will soon share the same building as Pupatella.

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Tysons Reporter’s first birthday is next week.

To celebrate, editor Catherine Douglas Moran and reporter Ashley Hopko will be working at a different coffee shop each day next week, so come by and say hello. (There will be free swag!)

Here’s where to find the editorial team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.:

In addition to the newsroom pop-ups at local coffee shops, Tysons Reporter’s editorial and business teams are hosting a happy hour party at Tysons Biergarten next Thursday evening.

Can’t make it but still want to chat with us?

Shoot an email to [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip.

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A new education center opened in the Mosaic District earlier this month.

Kumon (2980 District Avenue) began enrollment in late August and now offers young students extra help in subjects like math and reading to supplement their education, Tanya Khandpur, the location’s owner and main educator, said.

The center works with kids from the early stages of reading and math all the way through calculus and reading comprehension, according to the location’s website.

Khandpur said that business has been excellent since they opened and that the center has met its enrollment goals.

She employs several assistants to help teach the kids at the center in small groups. “For students qualifying into our early learning program we work two students to one assistant and for our main classroom, we work four students to one assistant,” Khandpur said.

Parents who are interested in the company’s programs can sign up online or attend an orientation session. The center is open from 3-  p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Kumon also has locations in Vienna (525 W. Maple Avenue), Falls Church (7115 Leesburg Pike) and McLean (1320 Old Chain Bridge Road).

Once a Kumon student herself, she said she personally believes in the center’s mission.

“I feel very strongly that the Kumon program can serve beyond academics and build a strong bond between parents and children, especially when implemented correctly.”

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A Neapolitan pizza place plans to open a new location in the Mosaic District.

Pupatella, a local Italian pizza chain, put up signage announcing their new location at 140 Penny Lane, adjacent to Penny Lane Park.

The restaurant chain was founded in 2007 by Enzo Algarme, whose craving for authentic and homemade pizza inspired him to open his own pizzeria, according to the pizza chain’s website.

The menu offers customers a variety of pizza options, including traditional fried Italian food, salads, wine, dessert and coffee.

The Mosaic District spot is the latest in Pupatella’s expansion in Northern Virginia. The pizza local announced new locations in Arlington and Reston earlier this year.

Tysons Reporter reached out for more information and is waiting to hear back.

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LEON, a U.K.-based eatery, plans to open in the Mosaic District this winter.

This will be LEON’s first Virginia location at 2905 District Avenue, Suite 160, according to a press release. The expansion into the Mosaic District is part of the company’s plan to open 15 new restaurants by the end of 2020.

“LEON chose EDENS Mosaic District for its vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends together through a curated mix of unique retail, restaurant and entertainment experiences,” Glenn Edwards, the U.S. president of the brand, said in a press release. “It allows LEON to bring our mission to a family-focused clientele.”

Founded in 2004, LEON brands itself as “naturally fast food” with menu options for a variety of dietary needs, including vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians.

The online menu features breakfast items like an English Breakfast Box and a salmon and egg muffin and all-day dishes including gluten-free chicken nuggets and a vegan sweet potato falafel hot box.

The restaurant chain currently has three locations in D.C. and more than 60 locations in the U.K., Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland.

Photo courtesy LEON 

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Urban Hot Pot is expanding to the Mosaic District, adding to the several other eateries and shops popping up in the commercial center.

The restaurant, known for its traditional Chinese-style dining, will move into an open space at 2980 District Avenue, Suite 110, according to a construction permit application.

The location is preparing to open this winter, a company spokesperson said, adding that owners are still awaiting county approval to redesign the space’s interior.

The original location in Rockville, Md. at 1800 Rockville Pike will remain open for business as the company expands.

Unlimited lunch prices start at $19 and $26 dinner, according to the menu. The price includes unlimited food featuring sliced meats, vegetables and noodles that diners cook themselves in a pot of steaming broth.

The hours of operation for the new location have not been announced yet.

Photo via Facebook

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